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Penguins and Other Seabirds
single“Are penguins fish or birds?” Matt Sewell couldn’t believe the suggested question auto-filled by Google when he began research for his new book Penguins and Other Seabirds. Were enough people asking that question for it to show up in the search engine? He began his book with a new-found motivation: to educate the world about the mysterious flightless birds, and a few other seabirds along the way. Sewell is not only an avid ornithologist, he is also a talented illustrator of several bird books.
The Red Sea
Kindly contributed by photographer Jeffrey Rotman, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time and The New York Times Magazine. In his recent book, The Last Fisherman, Rotman's remarkable portraiture brings us face-to-face with increasingly fragile ocean ecosystems and the effects of illegal fishing and overfishing.
  I packed my rucksack, sleeping bag, and photography gear, and crossed the ocean to reach the Red Sea. Pictures of tropical reefs were well known to me by that time, but I looked at them contemptuously. They were unbearably easy to shoot, unbearably beautiful in their composition.
Opulent Oceans

“The human spirit is inherently drawn to the ocean for recreation, inspiration and solace,” writes American Museum of Natural History president Ellen V. Futter in her introduction to Opulent Oceans, the museum’s new collection of gorgeous illustrations of ocean life. Or, as Herman Melville put it in Moby Dick, “Stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water.”  Melville’s words come to mind again when browsing the diverse sea creatures featured in this book, all culled from the museum's Rare Book Collection.

The Extreme Life of the Sea
Introducing the earliest, the most archaic, the smallest, the deepest, the oldest, the hottest and coldest marine life on Earth, The Extreme Life of the Sea by the Palumbi father-son team explores how marine life thrives against the odds. Stephen Palumbi directs the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford, and his son Anthony is a science writer. Together they probe the icy Arctic’s hydrothermal vents, the eternal darkness of the deepest undersea trenches and every ocean and sea in between to describe some of the most extreme life on the planet.